What is the difference between bullying and teasing?
My daughter was bullied, from the events that unfolded and things said it was clearly bullying. However, a friend dismissed it as children teasing one another.
It's all a matter of degree, methinks....teasing can be like a gentle nudge and affectionate, like when my mom used to call me 'Billy-bouncer', or when I tease my bald friend about how much money he saves on shampoo...good natured. Bullying is mean spirited and give the bully a false sense of power.
I think that has more to do with the relationship of the people. I have friends and we tease each other for laughs. Never mean teases, somehting like your pants are too short, it's going to flood. We are never mean to one another. Bullying is MEAN!!!
I always tell my kids when it gets to the point where the other is crying or begging for them to stop is when you've crossed the line into bullying. When you are all having fun (which teasing can be) and everyone is happy it is all okay. But once someone starts to get upset over words or actions you should be able to read the signs and stop the game. If you don't, you are attempting to assert power over another and push them down. This is bullying.
I don't think there's really any difference at all.
A "little" hurtful or a "lot" hurtful is still hurtful.
Starmom41, in other words it's all hurtful. Anything that causes hurt shouldn't be done.
yes that's the way I see it. hurting other people is never o.k., & calling it 'teasing' or 'joking' doesn't make it right.
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